First boys freed from Thai cave after 2 weeks: updates

Posted July 09, 2018

The team became stuck in a Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23, but the location wasn't discovered until July 2. On Thursday, a former Thai Navy SEAL fell unconscious while swimming through the cave and could not be revived.

Musk tweeted: 'SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt.

The development came as leaders of the rescue effort in Chiang Rai edged closer to a decision on whether it would be practical to bring the boys out over the next few days. He's promising that the sub would be "extremely robust" - small enough to get through the tight cave network, and light enough to be carried by two divers. By the time he posted the test drive videos, four boys had already been rescued and the operation was suspended for the night.

The engineers were sent from Tesla, Musk's electric vehicle company; SpaceX, his rocket company; and the Boring Co., which specializes in tunneling and construction, a Boring Co. spokesman said.

Elon Musk seems like a nice guy, which isn't something you can usually say about American billionaires.

His updates came after U.S. and Thai officials confirmed Sunday that four boys had been rescued from a flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer team and coach.

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The tubes and pods are being built in the U.S., a spokesman said.

One of the main working theories of how to retrieve the boys is to train them to dive out of the cave.

He also said that when teams had stopped pumping water for 12 minutes during the day on Friday, the water level in the cave rose by 10cm (4in).

Former Thai Navy SEAL Samarn Kunan died trying to get oxygen to the group, which just how unsafe getting them out would be. At times, the boys had to be hooked up with full-face oxygen masks as they swam through water filling the narrow, pitch-black cave channels.

More than 100 chimneys are being drilled into the mountainside in a frantic bid to reach a Thai youth football team trapped in a cave complex below, the head of the rescue mission said today.